The New Group presents David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones, launching the company’s 20th Anniversary Season. Directed by Scott Elliott, this production features Richard Chamberlain, Nadia Gan, Holly Hunter, Morocco Omari, Bill Pullman, Ben Schnetzer and Raviv Ullman. Previews begin Tuesday, October 21 in advance of an Official Opening Night on Thursday, November 6. A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays through December 14 at The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street).
The New Group opens its 20th Anniversary season with the first major New York revival of David Rabe’s Tony Award-winning play Sticks and Bones, a savage and savagely comic portrait of an average American family pulled apart by the return of a son from the Vietnam War. Ozzie and his wife Harriet are overjoyed to see their eldest son David again, but the furies that haunt David begin to overwhelm them and their happy-go-lucky younger son Rick, forcing Ozzie to make a stand for the values he can’t bear to let go. Directed by Scott Elliott, this production features Richard Chamberlain as Father Donald, Nadia Gan as Zung, Holly Hunter as Harriet, Morocco Omari as Sergeant Major, Bill Pullman as Ozzie, Ben Schnetzer as David and Raviv Ullman as Rick.
This production includes Set Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Susan Hilferty, Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski, Sound Design and Original Music by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen and Projection and Video Design by Olivia Sebesky.
Sticks and Bones made its New York premiere at the Public Theater in 1971. The production opened on Broadway in 1972 and was honored with that year’s Tony Award for Best Play. Sticks and Bones marks The New Group’s third collaboration with playwright David Rabe, following the acclaimed 2005 revival of Hurlyburly, directed by Scott Elliott, which enjoyed an extended run and commercial Off-Broadway transfer and the 2012 world premiere of An Early History of Fire, directed by Jo Bonney.
Sticks and Bones will be followed in The New Group 2014-2015 Season by the New York premiere of Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson, helmed by Cynthia Nixon in her directorial debut, and featuring Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest (previews begin January 2015) and the world premiere of The Spoils, a new play written by and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott (previews begin May 2015).